• Planning ahead of time what it will take to achieve a desired outcome
  • Thinking through the priorities, resources, and methods necessary to achieve a specific result
  • Working smarter, not just harder, by leveraging knowledge, experience, team skills and available tools

A small task can be accomplished with minimum effort or ease depending on the available resources. For instance, changing a light bulb may require a ladder, a working light bulb, and familiarity of changing the light bulb, the process. Without the know how we might find ourselves in an undesirable situation.

On the other hand, in addition to resources, intricate projects will require meticulous planning and processes to be in place to achieve the desired outcome. For example, I came across an article titled “Behold: the full-size Lego Bugatti Chiron!”. The article talks about a team that built a full-size Lego Bugatti. A 1:1 scale Bugatti Chiron built from Lego's standard pieces with a few special bits to achieve the desired outcome, that is, a functional vehicle. The author notes that it took the team over a year of problem solving, 13,500-man hours and more than one million bricks to attain their goal.

 “…just over a year of problem, 13,500 man hours and more than one million Technic bricks later, we’re staring at the most astonishing Lego project ever created. A full-size, 1.5-tonne ode to Bugatti’s mind-bending Chiron…” – Vijay Pattni, Behold: the full-size Lego Bugatti Chiron!, August 30, 2018

E-rate program is ever changing. That by itself is a challenge, if plans for addressing the changes are not in place. Add project planning and execution in the mix and an E-rate coordinator can find himself/herself having to address not one, but two “full-size Lego Bugatti Chiron” projects during the same school year. That’s not an easy undertaking, since there may not be enough resources to see the bigger projects through to completion in timely fashion. David Chavez, said it best, “It’s not a one man show. You have to have a team in place – from the business office, from the technology, from the network, from the consultant – to make this happen.”

At Funds For Learning we strive to work smartly to achieve positive results that are repeatable and sustainable by purposefully using available resources in order to do effectively what should be done. Our clients expect a fully assembled, fully functional, full-size Lego Bugatti Chiron at the end of the day. One of our GuideMarks that we employ to meet and exceed our client’s expectations is Work By Design, a philosophy that gives us ability to make giant leaps in producing the desired result effectively. It's also a great way to see an idea come alive.

Key Words and Phrases
Skillful use of time and energy; Good use of resources with little waste; Produce desired result effectively; Work smarter, not just harder; Potent; Fruitful; Efficient; Productive

Opposite Terms
Wasteful; Ineffective; Unproductive; Ill-planned

GuideMarks – Distinguishing Characteristics of FFL E-rate Guides

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